Monday, April 13, 2015

Thomas Jefferson Day AP 13, 2015

DIANE'S CORNER ... Celebrate Thomas Jefferson Day

Thomas Jefferson Day celebrates the birthday of Thomas Jefferson, who was the third President of the United States from 1801 to 1809, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers for his promotion of the ideals of Republicanism in the United States. Major events during his presidency include the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.As a political philosopher, Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment and knew many intellectual leaders in Britain and France. He idealized the independent yeoman farmer as exemplar of republican virtues, distrusted cities and financiers, and favored states’ rights and a strictly limited federal government. Jefferson also supported the separation of church and state and was the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.
A polymath, Jefferson achieved distinction as, among other things, a horticulturist, statesman, architect, archaeologist, author, inventor and founder of the University of Virginia. When President John F. Kennedy welcomed forty-nine Nobel Prize winners to the White House in 1962 he said, “I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent and of human knowledge that has ever been gathered together at the White House—with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

This is so wrong but it's too funny not to laugh at xD

Word of the Day


Definition:(noun) An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place.
Usage:They tried to keep their weekly meetings a secret, but soon neighbors began to whisper about their trysts.

History is the largest and one of the most widely known e-commerce shopping sites on the Web. The company was founded as an online bookstore by Jeff Bezos in 1995. It soon diversified its product lines, adding DVDs, electronics, furniture, and more. Its initial "slow growth" business plan was effective: when the Internet "bubble" burst and many e-companies went out of business, Amazon persevered

Butch Cassidy (1866)

Born Robert LeRoy Parker, Butch Cassidy was a notorious outlaw who began robbing trains and cattle rustling in the mid-1880s. By 1900, he had partnered with Harry Longabaugh—the "Sundance Kid," whose nickname was derived from the name of a town where he had once been imprisoned. They became the foremost members of the Wild Bunch, a notorious group of bank and train robbers. The two evaded US authorities by escaping to South America, where they continued their criminal pursuits.

Songkran (Thailand)

Songkran is the traditional New Year in Thailand and a public holiday. The celebration actually lasts for three days in mid-April, and takes the form of religious ceremonies, as well as public festivities. Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples, water is sprinkled on Buddhist images, and captive birds and fish are freed. Water splashing on the streets is also a part of the festivities, especially among young people. The celebration is held with special élan in Chiang Mai with beauty contests, parades, dancing, and, of course, water splashing

Self-Driving Cars Can Make People Sick, Study Says

A new study finds that up to 10% of people could get motion sickness in a self-driving car. "Not enough attention has been paid to this issue," a researcher says. 

1782 - Washington, NC, was incorporated as the first town to be named for George Washington.

1796 - The first known elephant to arrive in the United States from Bengal, India. 

1860 - The first mail was delivered via Pony Express when a westbound rider arrived in Sacremento, CA from St. Joseph, MO. 

1870 - The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in New York City

1964 - Sidney Poitier became the first black to win an Oscar for best actor. It was for his role in the movie "Lilies of the Field." 

2015 Masters

1997 - Tiger Woods became the youngest person to win the Masters Tournament at the age of 21. He also set a record when he finished at 18 under par.

1998 - Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, gave natural birth to a healthy baby lamb. 

70 Years Old Today

Tony Dow
Tony Lee Dow was born in Hollywood, California.
Dow played Wally Cleaver on the CBS/ABC television series,
“Leave it to Beaver” (1957-1963). The sitcom earned him a
Former Child Star "Lifetime Achievement" Award. As a teen
he was a Junior Olympics diving champion.   

Recorded in 1954 On This Date

“Rock Around The Clock” was recorded on the third floor of the
Pythian Temple Studios at 135 West 70th Street in New York City. 

David Michael Letterman is 68 today.

If You Were Born Today, April 13

You are a success-oriented person. Although you may not actively pursue success, it tends to come to you anyhow as you work determinedly. While you are willing to take some risks, you are basically very security-conscious. You rarely ask for help, feeling that if you can't learn or do something on your own, it is somehow not very satisfying. You can be a bit of a workaholic and should try to avoid being so consumed by your work that your personal life suffers. Famous people born today: Thomas Jefferson, Don Adams, Ron Perlman.

Picture of two women walking up stairs in Marseille, France


Photograph by Yves Vernin, National Geographic 
A strong, dry wind—called a mistral in southern France—blows through the city of Marseilles, with hair-raising results. Photographer Yves Vernin had for a long time been hoping to do a series on the mistral, so on a windy day he headed to Notre Dame de la Garde, or the "bonne mère," situated on a hill. “This is a famous place in Marseille, and a windy place,” he writes. “After I searched [for] a good place with nice light and a lot of wind, I waited like a hunter. (Of course, I underexposed because of the light on the faces, and I set a high speed to immobilize the hair.) This one was the most interesting I took.”

We need to do this when the baby is born...maybe with Easter bunny ears.

Waffle Knit Dishcloth
from Homespun Living

Materials: 1 ball Lion cotton yarn; additional yarn for colored stripe, if desired.
Size 6 needles (4.25 mm)

Cast on 38 stitches.
Knit 3 rows for border.

Row 1: (right side): Knit.
Row 2: K 3, purl to last 3 stitches, k 3.
Row 3: K 3, (P 2, k 1) 10 times, p 2, k 3.
Row 4: K 3, (K 2, p 1) 10 times, k 5.

Repeat these 4 rows, 6 times. If a colored center stripe is desired, change yarn now and work rows 1 – 4, 2 times in desired color. 
Change back to main color and work the 4 row pattern, 6 times.

Knit last 4 rows.
Bind off and weave in ends.

427 Knit Chicken Kit (Free Pattern)
Valley Yarns 427 Knit Chicken Kit (Free Pattern)
Click here for free pattern. Finished Size: About 4” tall Yarn: 1 skein Valley Yarns Northampton (100% Wool, 100g/247yds) color Dark Grey scraps of yarn ...
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Bath Mitt
This makes the perfect shower gift. You can hold the baby and wash them at the same time. No more searching for the disappearing washcloth! It also has a ...
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Knitting Needle Roll
A knitted roll for storing knitting needles and accessories.
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Cats in hats...

Octo-puss Cat Toy
Free crochet pattern for an octopus cat toy
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Ravelry: Crochet Hook Case pattern by Rachel Choi
Skill Level: Easy You can make this hook case as wide or as tall as you desire, just follow the directions in the pattern to do so.
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crochet (hot pad)

Crocheted Monkey's Patterns: Things I've Learned from li...
So, last week I was at my parents churches craft group and the 3 ladies that were there were making hot pads. I thought it was a great idea.
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Margret's Musings: Free Pattern- Gila River Doily
Size 18" across after blocking. Materials *Size 10 bedspread cotton - 500 yds. cream, No. 6 steel crochet hook or size needed to obtain gauge.
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Free Pattern: Pansy Flower Crochet Pattern | Little Monk...
// // When I released the pattern for this tropical flower, I didn’t know what to call it and mentioned that I definitely wasn’t a “flower expert.” A sweet
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Just ordered a chicken and an egg off the internet



Grilled Artichokes
Grilled Artichoke


Serves 4-6


  • 4 artichokes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c your favorite mayonnaise (jarred or homemade)


  1. To prepare the artichokes, pull off the tough outer leaves–when leaves begin snapping off easily, they’re ready. Trim off the sharp, pointy tops and discard. Bring a large, salted pot of water to a boil. While the water is heating, zest the lemon and set aside zest. Squeeze the lemon into the water, toss in the halves and add the whole artichokes. Finish bringing to a boil, then lower to a lively simmer.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine lemon zest, olive oil, minced garlic, parsley, and salt and pepper. Reserve 1 Tbs.
  3. After about 10-12 minutes, check for doneness by pulling on one of the artichoke’s outer leaves–if it comes off easily, they are done. Remove artichokes to a plate with a slotted spoon and allow to cool. When they are cool enough to handle, cut artichokes in half lengthwise.  Use a small spoon to scoop out the hairy “choke” from the heart and discard.
  4. Place artichoke halves in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil mixture, tossing and gently massaging to get some of the marinade between the leaves. Heat a grill pan or charcoal grill to medium-hot.
  5. Place the artichokes on the grate or in the pan, and cook until grill marks appear, flipping and cooking both sides. As they cook, combine the reserved 1 Tbs olive oil mixture with the mayonnaise. Remove artichokes to a platter and serve hot or at room temperature with aioli for dipping.

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Turkey Cutlets in Mango Salsa CrockPot Recipe

I got this recipe from Karin. Sort of. She uses porkchops. I found turkey breast cutlets on sale the other day at the grocery store and decided to bring them home. 

The mango salsa did a great job at tenderizing the turkey and kept it from drying out. This is definitely a low-to-no fat recipe. I didn't use a drop of oil.

The Ingredients.

--1 lb of turkey breast cutlets. Or pork.
--1 can tomatoes and chiles
--2 mangoes
--2 peaches
--1 T dried minced onion
--1/4 cup water

The Directions.

--peel and chop up the fruit. Mother Nature most certainly had a sense of humor when she developed mangoes. Those things are ridiculously hard to cut.
--in a small bowl, combine the can of tomatoes and chiles with the chopped fruit, water, and dried onion flakes.

--lay the pieces of meat into the bottom of the crock--slightly stagger the pieces so they don't stick together.

--cover with your newly-made salsa

According to the salsa experts you are supposed to use cilantro in salsa to make it "real"---I didn't have any--yet! I'm working on it...

cook on low for 5-8 hours, or on high for 3-4. If you use turkey, it will be a bit tough if you cook it on high.

The Verdict.

We ate this with some leftover brown rice and green beans. It was a good meal, and the kids ate it after they realized that I gave them mostly mango. They adore mango.

dog on a swing


Letters wall art decor made from fabric and Cardboard

my desired home

fabric letters

hummingbird watch

'where's the bathroom?' in Persian (Farsi) - dashtshuee kojast?

Psychosis  (motion illusion):      abstract, art, artwork, backdrop, background, blue, circle, concept, decoration, decorative, design, discs, disks, energy, fantasy, fun, graphic, illusion, illustration, modern, motion, op art, optical illusion, pattern, rotate, rotating, rotation, spin, striped, stripes, swirl, texture, vector, wallpaper, wheel, zigzag


Courage is grace under pressure. - Ernest Hemingway

Be aware of heavy towels when assessing your weight loss progress ;).


Newspaper Ring
This really funky ring is made out of a newspaper tube.  Actually, the technique I'm going to share with you today can be used for so many different things!  Don't be surprised if a lot of my next projects involve newspaper, I'm just fascinated by how much you can do with it.  This is going to be a long tutorial, so here we go.

You will need:
-glue/mod podge
-a small piece of felt
-acrylic paint in your favorite color
-small sponge applicator
-an old elastic
-hot glue gun

1. Divide the pages, you only need one sheet.

2. Fold it in thirds

3. Run a knife through the sides and divide it into three pieces.

4.  Take your skewer and fold over the very tip of the paper.  The sheet is horizontal on the table right now.  

5. Slowly start turning the skewer so the paper wraps around it, and make sure to keep it nice and taut, so the paper doesn't unravel.  Keep going till the very end.

6. Apply some glue to the very end of the paper, and fold it over so the sheet won't open up on you.  (Sorry about the blurry picture)

7. Again, sorry for bad picture.  You have a really long skinny tube you made with your sheet of newspaper.  Make sure you remove the skewer from the bottom of your tube.

8. Start folding the edge in, applying glue as you go, so you can make your circle.  

9. Keep wrapping it around, all the way to the end, applying glue as you go.

10. Color your paper disk in whatever color you like, I coated it on thick then went back and removed some of the excess with a paper towel.

11. Mod Podged it, to protect the color and the circle itself.  It takes about 20 minutes for it to dry completely.

12. In the meantime, cut an old elastic to fit around your finger, and a little piece of felt to make a nice finish on your ring.

13. Using your glue gun, attach your elastic and your piece of felt to the back of your circle and let it set.

14. There you have it!  A very cool looking ring!

Cat Humor: You forgot to tell me you're in the bathroom. Wait… it's OK, I think I can slide through.



The assassin bug of Malaysia carries at least 20 dead ants on its back to make itself look bigger and more intimidating!
Assassin Bug



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Wolf and Hoof: 3D Animals by Maxim Shkret

by twisted shifter

In ‘wolf & hoof‘ Russian artist Maxim Shkret creates incredible 3D animal artworks using programs and tools such as: Pixologic Zbrush, Vray, 3DS Max and Photoshop.


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Wolf and Hoof 3D Animals by Maxim Shkret (1)
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